Creating an Amazon Elastic File System - Amazon Elastic File System

Creating an Amazon Elastic File System

Following, you can find an explanation about how to create an Amazon EFS file system and optional tags for the file system. This section explains how to create these resources using both the console and the AWS CLI.


If you are new to Amazon EFS, we recommend you go through the Getting Started exercise, which provides console-based end-to-end instructions to create and access a file system in your VPC. For more information, see Getting Started.


To create a file system, the only requirement is that you create a token to ensure idempotent operation. If you use the console, it generates the token for you. For more information, see CreateFileSystem. After you create a file system, Amazon EFS returns the file system description as JSON. Following is an example.

{ "OwnerId": "231243201240", "CreationToken": "console-d7f56c5f-e433-41ca-8307-9d9c0example", "FileSystemId": "fs-c7a0456e", "CreationTime": 1422823614.0, "LifeCycleState": "creating", "Name": "MyFileSystem", "NumberOfMountTargets": 0, "SizeInBytes": { "Value": 6144, "ValueInIA": 0 "ValueInStandard": 6144 }, "PerformanceMode" : "generalPurpose", "Encrypted": false, "ThroughputMode": "bursting", "Tags":[ { "Key": "Name", "Value": "MyFileSystem" } ] }

If you use the console, the console displays this information in the user interface.

You can create additional tags and edit existing tags later using the Amazon EFS CreateTags operation. Each tag is simply a key-value pair.

Permissions Required

For all operations, such as creating a file system and creating tags, a user must have AWS Identity and Access Management permissions for the corresponding API action and resource.

You can perform any Amazon EFS operations using the root credentials of your AWS account, but using root credentials is not recommended. If you create IAM users in your account, you can grant them permissions for Amazon EFS actions with user policies. You can also use roles to grant cross-account permissions. For more information about managing permissions for the API actions, see Identity and Access Management for Amazon EFS.

Creating a File System

You can create a file system using the Amazon EFS console or using the AWS CLI. You can also create file systems programmatically using AWS SDKs or the EFS API directly.

To create the file system mount targets in your VPC, you must specify VPC subnets. The console prepopulates the list of VPCs in your account that are in the selected AWS Region. First, you select your VPC, and then the console lists the Availability Zones in the VPC. For each Availability Zone, you can select a subnet from the list. After you select a subnet, you can either specify an available IP address in the subnet or let Amazon EFS choose an address.

When creating a file system, you also choose a performance mode. There are two performance modes to choose from—General Purpose and Max I/O. For the majority of use cases, we recommend that you use the general purpose performance mode for your file system. For more information about the different performance modes, see Performance Modes.

In addition to performance modes, you can also choose your throughput mode. There are two throughput modes to choose from—Bursting and Provisioned. The default Bursting Throughput mode is simple to work with and is suitable for a majority of applications and a wide range of performance requirements. Provisioned mode is for applications that require a greater ratio of throughput to storage capacity than allowed by Bursting Throughput mode. For more information, see Specifying Throughput with Provisioned Mode.


There are additional charges associated with using Provisioned Throughput mode. For more information, see

You can enable encryption at rest when creating a file system. If you enable encryption at rest for your file system, all data and metadata stored on it is encrypted. You can enable encryption in transit later, when you mount the file system. For more information about Amazon EFS encryption, see Security in Amazon EFS.

Creating a File System Using the Amazon EFS Console

When you choose Create File System, the console sends a series of API requests to create the file system. The console then sends API requests to create tags and mount targets for the file system. The following example console shows the MyFS file system. It has the Name tag and three mount targets that are being created. The mount target lifecycle state must be Available before you can use it to mount the file system on an EC2 instance.

For instructions on how to create an Amazon EFS file system using the console, see Step 2: Create Your EC2 Resources and Launch Your EC2 Instance.

Creating a File System Using the AWS CLI

When using the AWS CLI, you create these resources in order. First, you create a file system. Then, you can create mount targets and any additional optional tags for the file system using corresponding AWS CLI commands.

The following examples use the adminuser as the profile parameter value. You need to use an appropriate user profile to provide your credentials. For information about the AWS CLI, see Getting Set Up with the AWS Command Line Interface in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide.

  • To create a file system, use the Amazon EFS create-file-system CLI command (the corresponding operation is CreateFileSystem), as shown following.

    $ aws efs create-file-system \ --creation-token creation-token \ --performance-mode generalPurpose \ --throughput-mode bursting \ --region aws-region \ --tags Key=key,Value=value Key=key1,Value=value1 \ --profile adminuser

    For example, the following create-file-system command creates a file system in the us-west-2  AWS Region. The command specifies MyFirstFS as the creation token. For a list of AWS Regions where you can create an Amazon EFS file system, see the Amazon Web Services General Reference.

    $ aws efs create-file-system \ --creation-token MyFirstFS \ --performance-mode generalPurpose \ --throughput-mode bursting \ --region us-west-2 \ --tags Key=Name,Value="Test File System" Key=developer,Value=rhoward \ --profile adminuser

    After successfully creating the file system, Amazon EFS returns the file system description as JSON, as shown in the following example.

    { "OwnerID": "123456789abcd", "CreationToken": "MyFirstFS", "FileSystemId": "fs-c7a0456e", "CreationTime": 1422823614.0, "LifeCycleState": "creating", "Name": "Test File System", "NumberOfMountTargets": 0, "SizeInBytes": { "Value": 6144, "ValueInIA": 0, "ValueInStandard": 6144 }, "PerformanceMode": "generalPurpose", "ThroughputMode": "bursting", "Tags": [ { "Key": "Name", "Value": "Test File System" }, { "Key": "developer", "Value": "rhoward" } ] }

    Amazon EFS also provides the describe-file-systems CLI command (the corresponding API operation is DescribeFileSystems) that you can use to retrieve a list of file systems in your account, as shown following:

    $ aws efs describe-file-systems \ --region aws-region \ --profile adminuser

    Amazon EFS returns a list of the file systems in your AWS account created in the specified region.